Ross Farm Museum

Record #: MDC0069
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2017
Last Full Update: 23 Mar 2015


Located In New Ross
Where To Find Us
4568 Hwy 12
New Ross, NS B0J 2M0
Areas Served New Ross ; South Shore Region


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Phone 902-689-2210 Toll Free: 1-877-689-2210
Contact Joan Lenihan, Assistant Business Development Manager
Mailing Address c/o Ross Farm Museum 
Box 238 
New Ross, NS B0J 2M0
Fax 902-689-2264

Description & Services

Information Ross Farm Museum is a window into the past of Nova Scotia’s rich agricultural history with many things to see and do that the whole family will enjoy. 
Established in 1969, The Ross Farm Museum is located on highway #12 in New Ross, Nova Scotia, just 15 minutes from the Lighthouse route, or 25 minutes from the Gloosecap trail. Our Museum is a living, working, farm museum depicting 150 years of agriculture in Nova Scotia. We are a single family upland farm on land originally granted to Captain William Ross. Ross Farm Museum is still being farmed with Oxen, the way it was in the late 1800s. In Rosebank Cottage, the original home of the Ross family built in 1817, you may see food being prepared over an open fire, straw hats being woven, wool or flax being spun, butter being churned, or many other skills being demonstrated that were daily chores for our forefathers, but are now almost lost. 
We have a working blacksmith shop where hardware is produced for the farm and we shoe approximately 30 teams of oxen each year. There is also a working stave mill and cooperage producing barrels, the original workshop where products such as butter churns, spoons, buckets and even snow shoes are made. You also might have a chance to take part in a class in our one room school. 
During your visit to Nova Scotia, Ross Farm Museum is definitely worth taking the time to visit. It will provide you an opportunity to experience ”An Adventure in Rural Living”. 
At Ross Farm Museum we want our visitors to understand the importance of the land in Nova Scotia’s past. We want you to see why we take pride in our rural heritage. Let us help you discover what life was like on a Nova Scotian family farm during the 1800's and early 1900's. 
Domesticated animals are an important part of everyday life at Ross Farm Museum. See our oxen as they help us to cultivate the land, harvest crops, and move heavy objects. 
Visit us at Ross Farm Museum, chat with our friendly interpreters, and find out what life was like in the 19th century. 
Sleigh or wagon rides are offered on weekends depending on weather conditions from January 4th till the end of March. Wagon rides take place daily here at Ross Farm from May up until the end of October. 
Preparing Wood for Snowshoes at Ross Farm Museum - Part 1